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Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Workshop

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Scott Hall, Room 201, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: John Mocek   (847) 491-5364

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic


Bernard Fraga

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Indiana, Bloomington

 "The Turnout Gap: Causes and Consequences of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Voter Turnout"

Why do some racial/ethnic groups vote more than others? Does low voter turnout for minority groups mean that elections do not reflect the wishes of all Americans? The Turnout Gap addresses these questions, examining rates of voting for non-Hispanic Whites, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans from the pre-Civil War era to the present. Finding that the longstanding gap between minority and White voter turnout has not closed, the book takes a close look at the factors that explain historical and contemporary disparities in voting rates. In this talk, I will quantify this persistent turnout gap using survey and voter file data, then demonstrate that the gap subsides or even reverses in places where Black, Latino, and Asian American voters can shape election outcomes. I conclude by discussing the impact of the turnout gap on recent election outcomes.

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